Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 15th
Countless homes and buildings have been constructed using drywall imported from China. Unfortunately, some of this drywall has been associated with the off-gassing of unpleasant odors from sulfur compounds and the corrosion of copper materials and some other metals. Much of the drywall causing problems was installed between 2001 and 2009.
Back in 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), released a statement that recommended removing problem drywall from homes. It read, “Based on scientific study of the problem to date, HUD and CPSC recommend consumers remove all possible problem drywall from their homes, and replace electrical components and wiring, gas service piping, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Taking these steps should help eliminate both the source of the problem drywall and corrosion-damaged components that might cause a safety problem in the home.”
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) released a report about possible health implications from exposure to sulfur gases emitted from problematic Chinese drywall. Potential health effects included:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat
- Feeling tired
- Problems controlling respiratory conditions (like asthma)
“Odors, potential health effects, and damage to building components are all issues attributed to Chinese drywall that have also resulted in a number of legal proceedings over the years,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical recently introduced an easy-to-use test kit to detect elemental sulfur from drywall samples. A sample is collected with the kit and analyzed at our materials testing laboratory. These test kits are available to builders, environmental consultants, legal professionals, and the general public.”
To learn more or to order a Chinese Drywall Test Kit, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.